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Synopsis : Pharaoh will be set in Ancient Egypt, during the XVIIIth Dynasty (Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamun). Season 1 takes place in 1500 BC. Egypt was ruled by a king whose mission was to make sure the harmony between humans and gods remained strong. When he died, instability and uncertaintly began to emerge among the people. The fight for power raged between two pharaohs : the young Thutmosis III, who will ultimately become one of the greatest egyptian conquerors, and his stepmother, Queen Hatchepsut, one of the most influential women of all Egypt. Thieves, soldiers, priests, scribes and servants will all be a part of History and affect it through alliances, betrayals and manipulation.

- It will be shot in english.
- Canal+ won't have to assume the gigantic cost of the show alone : foreign broadcasters recently joined in and will co-finance the project.
- John Milius (writer of Dirty Harry, Apocalypse Now, Conan the Barbarian and creator of HBO's Rome) and Daniel Knauf (creator and showrunner of HBO's Carnivàle) started working on the show in March 2011.
- John Milius will be the showrunner of Pharaoh. He wrote the first draft of the pilot. Daniel Knauf wrote the second draft of the pilot and he wrote the second episode as well (the second draft of episode 1.02 was completed last month).
- On July 28, Daniel Knauf met with French writers and intents to hire some in the staff.
- Pharoah would be shot in 3D, this would be the first series ever to be shot with this technology.
- The show will be shot on location in Morocco. Pre-production is already undergo and a French production team is working with a Moroccan team to establish usable locations over there.
- Pharoah will feature a lot of sex, violence, romance and drama and would premiere on Canal+ in 2013.

I thank Tagne for gathering all this information on his blog.

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